Researcher/Adviser - Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Colombo, Johannesburg or Dakar (2376)

  • Closing Date:
    9 October 2018
  • Directorate:
    International Law and Policy
  • Location:
    Colombo , Dakar, Johannesburg
  • Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration:
    18 Months
  • Working Hours:
  • Salary:
    Competitive salary with attractive benefits

Job Title: Researcher/Adviser - Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

Location: Flexible 

Directorate: International Law and Policy Programme – Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme


We're hiring a Researcher/ Adviser to support our the work of our Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme. 

The post-holder will be Amnesty International’s lead expert on the human rights of persons with disabilities. As part of Amnesty International's work on disability-related issues, you will develop and conduct research and analysis and provide expert policy advice to AI research staff to ensure the quality and consistency of work in this area. Part of this will involve investigating international developments; providing timely, accurate, independent and impartial advice; and contributing to the development of AI’s policy positions and advocacy strategies on issues relating to disability-related issues. 

In addition, the Researcher/Adviser will lead an internal audit of current AI projects, identifying further work to develop and implement a strategy to mainstream disability within the organisation and build the movement's understanding and capacity to work on disability related issues. You will also develop contacts and partners in and outside of the organization and represent AI externally.


With specialist knowledge of the human rights of persons with disabilities, you have an in-depth understanding of the key human rights concerns in this area.

You have significant experience undertaking and producing high-quality field research, and have developed short and long-term strategies to achieve human rights impact and solid change. Being a strategic thinker, you exercise good judgement in developing policy positions on the intersection of disability-related issues.

As an effective communicator and team member, you have strong interpersonal advocacy, negotiating and influencing skills. Fluency in English is essential (both written and oral), while fluency in one or more relevant local language is strongly preferred.


The Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Programme (GSI) is responsible for intersectional analysis that captures the complexity of multifaceted identities. This is the combination of gender, sexuality, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, indigenous status and other identities that make up who we are.

GSI identifies the ways that human rights abuses target these multifaceted identities, providing strategic vision and leadership to ensure the organisation has the research, analysis, and campaigning skills to challenge these abuses effectively and advocate for effective redress. GSI also develops policy positions and advocacy strategies to promote international recognition and the notion of dissent as critical to the protection of human rights.


Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:

  • more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
  • more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice

Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they're denied. And whether we're applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we're all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.

At Amnesty International, we are passionate about what we do and we are proud of our achievements as a movement. To compensate our employees for the critical work they do, we reward them through a combination of an attractive and sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to employee development.

Benefits include 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and grace days), pension, employee assistance programme, life assurance and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle.  All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.

For further information on our benefits, please visit https://www.amnesty.org/en/careers/benefits/


If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to change the world then we would encourage you to click ‘Apply for this Role’ below.

Amnesty International aims to reflect the diversity of societies in which we work in our work space. Equality and diversity are at the core of our values and staff are expected to work to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

Please contact us at careers@amnesty.org to request a Word version of the job description in either small or large print.

Freedom, Justice, Equality. Let's get to work.


Amnesty International is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.

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